Court Documents Reveal New Details About Apparent Kidnapping
COLUMBIA - Court documents obtained Thursday morning revealed new details about the apparent kidnapping and standoff that started in Columbia and ended in Miller County Wednesday. Scott Peoples, 39, was arrested Wednesday after Miller County Sheriff's deputies ended a four hour standoff with him peacefully.
Peoples is accused of second degree domestic assault, kidnapping and forcible sodomy.
According to a probable cause statement, Peoples assaulted and kidnapped the victim at a Columbia residence the two shared. The documents say Peoples restrained the victim with duct tape, duct taping her face and mouth with a gag, and then restrained her to the floor. According the victim's statement, Peoples raped her at the Columbia residence before putting her in the back seat of a vehicle and transporting her to a rural area near the Cole and Miller County line. The statement says Peoples continued sexually assaulting her and stated he had planned to commit the crimes.
The documents say the victim escaped and called emergency personnel. She told authorities a juvenile was still at the Columbia residence by himself. Officers went to the residence and found the juvenile unharmed. They also found blood and duct tape in plain view.
Cole County Deputies reported visible injuries on the victim.
Scott Peoples is in custody at the Miller County jail.
[Editor's note: The probable cause statement on the case has been removed from the story to review whether it reveals too much detail about the identity of the victim.]
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